Since I started this week with two posts about the Block Editor, I though a One-Liner about change would be appropriate.
Consider the photo below. It’s a little hard to see, but there are almost 400 years of transportation history in that one photo. Pssst, I’m using the Image Compare block.
The park from which I took the photo used to be part of the warehouse district (Warehouse Point) in East Windsor, Connecticut. Ships traveling up the Connecticut River had to stop there and unload their cargo. The river north of this spot contains rapids which preclude ship traffic. Cargo bound for Springfield, Massachusetts and points north was taken there by horse-drawn wagons.
Just west of the bank on the far side of the river is the southern terminus of the Windsor Locks Canal. In the 1830s, Irish immigrants came to the US to dig that canal (and many others) which carried ships around the rapids. This allowed ships to reach Springfield and beyond. The warehouses became redundant.
In addition, the water in the canal was used to power factories located on the industrial island between the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks Canal. The canal drops 30′ (9.2m) from north to south. More than enough of a drop to power water-driven machines.
On the west edge of the canal, we see a freight train heading south, perhaps from as far north as Canada. The owners of the Windsor Locks Canal, sensing the end of their business, sold a right-of-way to the railroads. The factory owners maintained the canal because they used the water, first as a power source and later as a water source for steam engines.
A few yards west of the railroad tracks is Connecticut Route 159, which carried car and truck traffic south to Hartford and north to Springfield. A little farther to the left is Interstate-91, which carries cars and trucks from New Haven, Connecticut to the Canadian border in Vermont.
If you look close, you can see the power lines which bring electricity across the Connecticut River to a substation in Windsor Locks. This power source replaced the steam engines which had previously replaced the water.
The Windsor Locks Canal is still being maintained. The water is used in conjunction with a gas-fired co-generation power plant operated for Alstrom Corporation to power the paper mill that has been on the island for over 250 years.
Finally, if you look up, you can see two sets of contrails. Planes bound for or perhaps leaving Bradley International Airport (BDL) carrying all manner of cargo and passengers from who knows where to who knows where.
“The only constant is change.”
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you would like to join in on the fun, you can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.